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My father in hospital after a major stroke, If you are going to comment please do not do it emotionally this is real life at its rawest and although he cannot speak he knew what I was doing.

Brand:Canon
Lens:EF28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 Aug 2012 - 5:24 PM
Focal Length:38mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/18.0
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Shade
Title:Alone In A Stroke
Username:paulashby paulashby
Uploaded:20 Aug 2012 - 7:29 PM
Tags:Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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779HOB
779HOB  21021 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 - 7:37 PM

A very good photo. I hope you do more of these you have executed it very well.

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315486 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 7:47 PM

Not an easy subject when it includes your own and its well taken.

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costas
costas e2 Member 7costas vcard Greece2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 7:50 PM

Is there a B+W version ?.....not that your picture lacks impact, but i would love to see.

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paulashby
paulashby  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 7:52 PM

Did some in b&w but have to wait for the film to be done Costas.

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779HOB
779HOB  21021 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 - 7:54 PM

I was thinking b/w too and would be interested in seeing one but I think the subdued colour works very well here. I wonder if in B/W you'd lose the skin paleness which I think is important.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104025 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 8:00 PM

difficult not to be emotional, but alternatively I like the hand written note on the board that says `Bedrest'...as if he was going anywhere else soon Smile..very brave photography...

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costas
costas e2 Member 7costas vcard Greece2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 8:05 PM

Best wishes and a good recovery also a reminder about stress and high blood pressure, never mind the b+w has enough impact as it is.

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pablophotographer

The topic chosen is a rare one.

I salute your very brave decision to capture this moment and show it here. All the best.

Aesthetically I like the contrast of the white side of the picture on the left (denoted by the pillow and the bedlinen) with the black side of the picture on the right (denoted by the chair), the presence and the absence.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64470 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 9:03 PM

Just like my dad last year. A beautifully sympathetic picture. All the detail is there, but the emotion too.
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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 9:55 PM

A life image indeed Paul, very important memory too.
Ron.

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Dave87
Dave87  742 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 11:10 PM

Lost two of my best friends in this way during the past year. The third now resides in a local nurishing home and I find it hard to visit.

Dave.

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paulashby
paulashby  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 11:25 PM

Sorry to hear that Dave, it's not easy I know.

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Quote: Lost two of my best friends in this way during the past year. The third now resides in a local nurshing home and I find it hard to visit.

Dave.

It is a behaviour that doesn't surprise me as I have witnessed it in similar situations. Recently, I was told of an experience witnessed at a care home, where two elderly female friends met. During the separation, at the end of the visit, the lady left behind looked aware it may had been the last time. I was told though she looked jolly having seen her friend. I can't think of anyone being sad for meeting friends.

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81104 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 12:06 AM

Hard to choose words for this.

Im seeing a brilliant and sympathetic image , the stroke , the inane t.v lottery and the empty chair , by accident or design a classic narrative and juxtaposition.

David

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sherlob e2 Member 82332 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 5:17 PM


Quote: Hard to choose words for this.

I think this is a very important topic - and a very brave and well executed image.

I've cared for many stroke victims in the past and the isolation that a stroke brings through a reduced ability/inability to communicate can be devastating to all concerned. I think this image conveys this in the lack of eye contact. The juxtaposition Dave refers to is spot on.

I hope you don't mind the following link - but I think this offers an apt opportunity to remind people: how to spot a stroke FAST

I hope your Dad makes swift progress in his recovery.

Best wishes,

Adam

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paulashby  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 6:05 PM

Thanks Adam, glad you put the link up.

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Dave87
Dave87  742 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 7:35 PM

In reply to pablophotographer’s comment above I would like to add - to find it hard to visit - does not mean we do not visit our friend but it saddens my wife and I to see her in that way.

Hope this clarifies the situation.

Dave.

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scrimmy e2 Member 6367 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 9:17 PM

indeed life at it's rawest, my mother suffered a stroke in March and I do not think I could have taking this even if it occurred to me. I am glad to report she is now back at home. I wish your father all the best.

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efactsphoto
22 Aug 2012 - 11:20 AM

Good documentary. Hats off!

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Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2012 - 9:21 PM

I wish your Dad all the best and your family but I really think this should be private.Just my opinion.
Tom.

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woodrow  7153 forum posts Scotland
24 Aug 2012 - 1:03 PM

Paul.....this is a touching image, especially given your personal connection

i have contact (limited) with people who have experienced strokes

the inclusion of the empty chair creates a powerful image

my best wishes to your father and yourself

Paul

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Dave87  742 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2012 - 9:56 PM

People photography of this standard is priceless.

Dave.

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Humblebee  2 England
1 Oct 2012 - 10:00 PM

I salute your courage in posting this priceless image - having gone through this with my Mum, but after 6 weeks rehabilitation, the paralysis incurred was healed - have faith and I wish your Dad very very well ... Carol

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elainebaker
1 Oct 2012 - 10:28 PM

Your Father will never be alone while you have breath in your body. I lost me Dad with a stroke twenty years ago, in fact he had Five Strokes in all over five years, along with cancer. Each stroke took another part of him away from us, his eye sight was first, which did return in time, thank goodness and each attack effected different areas of the brain but he was still walking around the ward the night before his final attack of this silent enemy. At this time I was a nurse and worked in Stroke Rehab - My Dad was a fighter and he never let it get the better of him. I can see in this powerful image that your Dad will fight this and he will recover with the help of your love and strength.

On a more personal level, this image was so well timed for me to find. I am not allowed to tell anyone in my family this, but I will take the chance of telling my news, on the basis of no one in my family knows I am on here or are even interested in photography, so I think I am safe to tell all.

I have in the past hour just received the most amazing news a parent can hear and that is that I am about to become a Grandmother. My youngest son phoned to give me this amazing news on my 29th wedding anniversary, but he had no idea of the timing.

My reason for saying this is that when I was told I wanted to tell my Dad this news and then I saw your image. I think that in a way was him telling me to get my life in order, sort my own health out and look forward to the future and not dwell on the past disappointments which I have been doing a lot recently. Life is precious and we can all read a powerful meaning to your very sad situation.

Thank you for sharing and changing my mind set!!

I want to wish you, your Dad and your family all the best for the future, because I believe you will all fight this together.

Elaine

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23 Oct 2012 - 2:35 PM


Quote: I wish your Dad all the best and your family but I really think this should be private.Just my opinion.
Tom.

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paulashby
paulashby  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2012 - 6:16 PM

Tom I was a news photographer for 6 years, if my editor wanted this image I would have no choice but to to do it, you see far worse than this in real news mags I promise you.

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paulashby  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2012 - 6:18 PM

Thanks for the award Sherlob.

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